Sewol operator CEO gets 10 year prison sentence
November 20, 2014—South Korea’s Gwangju District Court has imposed a 10 year prison sentence on Kim Han-Sik, CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the ferry Sewol, which sank April 16 with the loss of more than 300 lives. Yonhap news agency reports that Kim was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, violating the law on safe maritime navigation, embezzling company funds and taking kickbacks worth tens of millions of won from subcontractors. “Kim remodeled the ship and overloaded it with cargo in an effort to overcome the company’s deficits despite being briefed that the ship’s ability to balance itself was compromised,” Judge Yim Jung-yeob said in his ruling.
Two shipyards face OSHA penalties
Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc., Norfolk, VA, and Austal USA LLC, Mobile, AL, have both been given citations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and face penalties.
Chouest, Island OCV newbuilds will be longer and wider
Ulstein says that the vessel has been redesigned in the engineering phase and, as a result, has increased both in length and beam.
World’s biggest box ship has world’s biggest engine
The world’s largest containership, China Shipping Container Lines 19,000 TEU CSCL Globe (CSCL) is also noteworthy for being powered by what is, physically, the largest engine ever constructed—a low-speed MAN B&W 12S90ME-C Mark 9.2 type.
Shell launches new range of EALs
The Shell Naturelle range of products enables ships entering U.S. waters to comply with the revised 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP).